Bob Turner (Canadian politician)

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Doctor
Bob Turner
MLA
Dr Bob Turner 2015.jpg
Turner in May 2015
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton-Whitemud
Assumed office
May 5, 2015
Preceded by Stephen Mandel
Personal details
Born Andrew Robert Turner
(1948-06-23) June 23, 1948 (age 70)
Brandon, Manitoba
Political party Alberta New Democratic Party
Residence Edmonton, Alberta
Occupation Medical doctor, professor

Andrew Robert "Bob" Turner (born June 23, 1948) is a Canadian politician who was elected in the Alberta general election, 2015 to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Edmonton-Whitemud.[1] He won his seat with 12,803 votes, defeating incumbent Health Minister and former Mayor of Edmonton, Stephen Mandel by 5,622 votes, or around 57% of the vote to Mandel's 32%. Mandel had previously beaten Turner in an October, 2014 by-election after Mandel was appointed as an unelected minister by then-Premier Jim Prentice.[2][3]

Political Career[edit]

Turner currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and as a member on the Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund. Previously he served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing.[4]

Turner has been a supporter of issues such as LGBTQ2S+ rights, he replaced a rainbow flag that was cut down from Lillian Osborne High School in June 2017.[5]

Medical Career[edit]

Turner is a hematologist/oncologist at the University of Alberta Hospital and Cross Cancer Institute and is Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He also serves Stanton Medical Clinic in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He is a graduate of McGill University medical school and has training in Internal Medicine from Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Quebec and Hematology and Medical Oncology from the University of Pittsburgh.[6] He continues to practice medicine, with a special interest in blood disorders such as acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, mast cell diseases and stem cell transplantation.[7] In the past, Turner was the Medical Director of the Canadian Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service Center in Edmonton and Director of the Division of Clinical Hematology of the University of Alberta. In 2007 he was selected as the Physician of the Year by the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association.

Electoral history[edit]

2014 by-election[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, October 27, 2014: Edmonton-Whitemud
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Stephen Mandel 6,003 42.39 -17.85
New Democratic Bob Turner 3,150 22.24 13.24
Wildrose Tim Grover 2,680 18.92 2.72
Liberal Donna Wilson 2,033 14.35 2.39
Alberta Party Will Munsey 202 1.43 -0.92
Green René Malenfant 95 0.67
Total valid votes 14,163
Progressive Conservative hold Swing -15.54
Elections Alberta.[8]

2015 general election[edit]

Alberta general election, 2015: Edmonton-Whitemud
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Bob Turner 12,805 57.45% +35.21%
Progressive Conservative Stephen Mandel 7,177 32.20% -10.19%
Wildrose Chad Peters 1,423 6.38% -12.94
Liberal Steven Townsend 629 2.82% -11.53
Green Kathryn Jackson 182 0.82% +0.15%
Independent John Baloun 73 0.33%
Total 22,289
Rejected, spoiled and declined 113
Eligible electors / Turnout 37,018 60.4%
New Democratic gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +22.70%

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